Connecticut Red Cross deploying volunteers to California and Louisiana

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Volunteers from the Connecticut American Red Cross are being deployed to California and Louisiana to support relief efforts there.

Albert Sokatis and Norma Pabon are being deployed as Sheltering and Feeding associates in the San Bernadino area of California. More than 86,000 people have been displaced due to wildfires that are destroying thousands of acres of California land. They are two of close to 3,000 Red Cross Volunteers in the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region of the American Red Cross, and the first two from Connecticut who have physically deployed to support the California relief efforts.

Art Hopkins of New Milford will be physically deploying to serve as a Shelter Supervisor in Louisiana, while Harriet McClay of Naugatuck will be virtually deploying as a Call Center Agent. They are supporting Red Cross relief efforts after excessive rainfall has resulted in moderate to heavy flooding across many parts of Louisiana. Hopkins is one of nine volunteers who have physically deployed to support the relief efforts from the Connecticut and Rhode Island region.

The Red Cross is also working closely with the entire response community to coordinate relief efforts and deliver help quickly and efficiently, keeping in mind the diverse needs of the community.

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